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PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE COLD AND FLU SEASON!



Cold and flu are amongst the most frequent reasons why people miss school or work. But these days flu is alarmingly rampant. Every second person is suffering from flu, viral, fever or sore throat. It is crucial to fight back. Noe plugged up like an olive? Hacking cough keeping you up at night? No more. Trusting on natural and organic home remedies to cure cold and cough is something that many Indian households still believe. Besides treating common cold and cough effectively, these home remedies are also free from any side-effects unlike your over the counter prescription medicines.

Here are 3 different ways of knocking out cough and cold symptoms naturally:


1. Kitchen

Turn your kitchen cabinet into a medicine cabinet with these natural cold remedies, featuring herbs, spices, and other everyday options, to stifle the sniffles and more


Oregano

Oregano is a powerhouse of flu-fighting properties, since it’s antibacterial, anti fungal, and an antioxidant, and it can also be used as an expectorant to treat lung or respiratory conditions. You could take an oregano capsule twice a day with meals, but if all you have on hand is a bottle of the dried herb, you can make an oregano tea: Pour eight ounces of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried oregano and let stand for ten minutes. If the taste is too bitter, add some raw honey. Aim to drink two cups a day. This elixir can also be used topically to treat skin infections.


Cinnamon 

Because of cinnamon’s anti fungal and analgesic properties, it is used to treat bronchitis. It tends to be warming for the body, and it dilates your blood vessels. Cinnamon also lowers blood sugar concentration and improves insulin sensitivity, which is why it is also being used to treat people who have diabetes

Brew your tea with 1-2 cinnamon sticks and consume it 2-3 times a day. You can also sprinkle cinnamon powder on your food and lattés! 


Ginger 

Ginger is a muscle relaxant, which means it may have the power to stop the spasm of coughing . It also stimulates the immune system. Slice fresh ginger into thin slices and simmer it in fresh water for 20 minutes; then drink it like tea. Add a cinnamon stick or a squeeze of lemon.


Garlic 

Garlic is antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial.Use of garlic oil along with olive oil in food has proven to knock out upper respiratory infections.


Rosemary 

Rosemary is highly antiviral and antibacterial.Everything you smell in that signature aroma is medicine. How do you take this fragrant elixir? If you’re working with fresh rosemary, simmer it in water for ten minutes and cool. Drink it three times a day until your cold is gone.If you’re working with dried rosemary, take a teaspoon and steep it in a cup of hot water to create a sipping tea. 


Vitamin C

Vitamin C rich foods like Kiwi, Amla, Lemons, Oranges, Broccoli, Spinach, Bell Peppers and Leafy Vegetables help to fight off cold symptoms. You can squeeze lemon into your green tea or hot water along with cinnamon and ginger to create a potent elixir that will surely provide relief.


Probiotic Foods

The first step to encouraging a healthy environment for your gut to do it’s virus fighting thing is to eat probiotic foods (that contain the ‘good’ bacteria) — and prebiotic food (that the good bacteria like to eat). Kombucha (fermented tea), sauerkraut, kefir (fermented yoghurt) miso or kimchi are great sources of the ‘good guy’ bacteria and when eaten daily will continue to help fight off bad bacteria when they reach your gut.


2.Nature 

Spending time outdoors leads to faster healing and a lower risk of all kinds of illnesses, including respiratory troubles.

Being in nature switches one’s body into a calm, “rest and digest” mode instead of a stressed-out “fight or flight” condition. During times of stress, the body shuts down “nonessential” systems like digestion and the immune system, she explains. But when we feel completely safe, our body devotes resources to long-term investments that lead to good health outcomes—growing, reproducing, and building the immune system.30 mins of regular sun bathing between sunrise to 8 am has proved to increase Vitamin D levels in the body which helps to build the immunity system of the body.


3.Exercise And Sauna

You won’t find this one in your cabinet, but regular, moderate physical activity can strengthen your immune system, boosting your ability to fight off cold and flu viruses. One 2006 study of sedentary, overweight women found that those who started exercising for 45 minutes five days a week were three times less likely to catch colds than women who just stretched once a week.Light exercise during the days of illness energises the body and a session of steam or sauna works wonders in clearing up the nasal pathway.


Besides bed rest and fluids, follow these natural remedies and Blow the chances of getting a flu instead of your nose.

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